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August 31, 2012

The first 4G LTE phone in the UK, HTC One XL, launches next month


Hi Guy’s and Gal’s, following on from my previous article regarding 4G networks coming to the U.K, they’ve had 4G LTE in the U.S. for a while now and have been enjoying blazing fast speeds in many cities across the nation. Sprint finally hopped on the 4G LTE train and will phase out their WiMax network by the end of this year. T-Mobile is on that 4G train, but doesn’t have LTE speeds just yet.

Still, even at decent speeds, their upcoming unlimited 4G plans are very enticing. I recieved the following txt message earlier today: : As a T-Mobile customer, you have access to the UK’s largest 3G network. Pretty cool huh? We’re investing in our network everyday, and to make it even better we’re planning next generation 4G technology. Find out more at Data charges may apply.

The UK hasn’t had access to 4G LTE yet, but starting next month, we will. Orange and T-Mobile created a company called Everything Everywhere that will have a 4G LTE network in the country. It’ll be experimental, but it’s a start. Because of that, you obviously want to offer a phone that has 4G LTE, right? Well, the HTC One XL will be available when the network launches and offers some solid specs.

The One XL boasts a 4.7 inch 720×1280 Super IPS LCD2 display (312 ppi) protected by Gorilla Glass, 1.5GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video support, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera with 720p video support, Beats Audio, 1800mAh battery and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The One XL is no quad-core phone, but offers some really nice specs overall. And surely it’ll be enough to power through the 4G LTE network in the UK come next month. No pricing details yet, but sure to come in the following weeks.

By Jonny Polea

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.